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David Di Pietro won back his Broward Health chairmanship, but now he's resigning

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April

After being reinstated as chairman of the North Broward Hospital DistrictDavid Di Pietro has now resigned, citing disagreements with Gov. Rick Scott.

Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips on Monday ruled that Scott didn't have authority when he suspended Di Pietro from the board on March 18 on grounds of "malfeasance" without giving specific evidence.

Di Pietro, a 36-year-old lawyer, sued and won, but in a resignation letter sent Thursday says he doesn't believe he and the governor have the same interests in mind.

"Although I have served with honor on the board, your actions have made it obvious to me that exercising my independent, fiduciary judgment as a board member is not consistent with your interests," he wrote in the letter to Scott. "That is why I was suspended and it is impossible for me to continue to serve in good conscience on the Board of Commissioners."

Di Pietro continued: "No matter how hard I may try to fix the problems at Broward Health, it is stifled with so much political interference that my continued membership is utterly futile."

Scott's chief inspector general Melinda Miguel recommended Di Pietro's suspension following a review of Broward Health's operations as it was reeling from the suicide of its CEO, a federal grand jury investigation and a thicket of allegations of impropriety.

The governor has the right to suspend public officials who could be removed from office following a trial by the Florida Senate.

But Phillips said the Constitution and state law require citing specific facts on the basis of the suspension.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an appeal of the suspension with the Fourth District Court of Appeal .

 

[Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:00am]

    

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